Toronto, November 8, 2012 – Next April, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will mark its 50th anniversary year. Today, OAC launches a special 50th anniversary logo and asks all OAC-funded artists and arts organizations to begin using it from January 2013 through to May 2014.
"Thanks to the Government of Ontario's long-term investment, this province has built the most robust arts infrastructure in the country," says Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO. "Our first annual report notes that we allocated 58 grants around the province. Last year, OAC grants supported the creation of over 12,000 new artistic works by the province's artists and arts organizations. In addition, we supported the direct production of 1,500 new works for broadcast on television, internet, video or radio; and 7,750 media productions for distribution."
Ontario's cultural sector contributes $20 billion to the province's economy, or 4.2 per cent of GDP. Direct employment in Ontario's cultural sector is 252,300 or 4.1 per cent of total Ontario employment. In addition to the economic contribution, a 2010 Environics survey on The Arts and the Quality of Life revealed that 95 per cent of Ontarians believe strongly that the arts enrich the quality of our lives, and that the success of Canadian artists like singers, writers, actors and painters, gives people a sense of pride in Canadian achievement.
OAC's new 50th anniversary logo was designed by Fizzz Design, who created the original OAC logo with the distinctive icon. It is meant to remind audiences of their key provincial funding partner, and is now available for downloading from the OAC website.
For more information:
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The Ontario Arts Council is the province of Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians.In 2011-2012, OAC funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.8 million.